About Playing Online Baccarat
Baccarat is one of the world’s most loved card games and players can now find this game in every NZ online casino. In most online casinos that are powered by Microgaming or Playtech, you can actually find more than one version of Baccarat. This game is also generally available in the real money mode and in the free play mode.
This is a really fast-paced game and it is only ever played against the dealer. You can bet on whether you think the dealers hand will win, whether you think the player’s hand will win or whether you think the game will end in a draw.
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Let’s take a look at the Baccarat rules and some of the odds. The main objective when playing this game is to try and bet on the winning hand. The winning hand is the one which finishes closest to 9 points. You can place a wager on the banker’s hand to win, on the players hand to win or for the game to end in a draw (aka a tie).
The numbered cards from 2 through to 9 are all worth the same face value in points while the Ace is worth just 1 point. All tens, Jacks, Queens and Kings have zero value and are therefore worth 0 points. After the first two cards are dealt, you will be able to count the value of that hand.
You would simply ignore the first digit if the hand ends up with a 2-digit number and the baccarat point value of the hand is the last digit. In other words, if one of the hands contains a 4 and a 6 (4 + 6, therefore a total of 10), the hand value would be 0 points and if the hand contains a 6 and a 7 (6 + 7 = 13), the value of this hand would be 3 points.
At most casinos, you can place your money on certain bets such as Player Pair which has odds of 11:1, Banker Pair, which also has 11:1 odds, Either Pair with 5:1 odds, Small with 1.5:1 odds, Big 0.54:1 odds, or Perfect Pair with 25:1 odds. These betting options and their associated odds should become clear after just a couple of hands.
The average Baccarat hand/round will last just a few seconds and this fast pace is what makes this one of the most popular of all casino card games. When looking for Baccarat in an online casino today, you may need to look for Punto (Player) Banco (Banker) as it is often labelled.